Grouse Mountain is one of the peaks of the North Shore Mountains in North Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.
Standing on the summit of Grouse Mountain and looking at the mountain scenery all around me, I don't really realize that the first people who reached the peak were stepping somewhere not far from me just a little over 100 years ago. However, nature seems to confirm this fact — in front of me and behind me, I can see nothing more and nothing less than many other spectacular mountain ranges covered with dense forest. Somewhere among the trees, there are numerous trekking paths, there are people exploring new trails, wild animals living in their natural habitat. The distance from one point to another and the size of the scenery around don't allow me to see anything more than just the enormity of nature.
Grouse Mountain trekking trails
The highest peak of Grouse Mountain rises to over 1,200 meters above sea level. There are a few different ways to reach the summit. Grouse Mountain is famous for the 2.9 km long Grouse Grind hiking trail. The mountain itself is very steep, so the trail is challenging with many stairs to go through. However, it doesn't discourage hikers or runners from choosing Grouse Grind when open (May-October).
The Skyride is available for those who want to observe the surrounding scenery from a bit different perspective. During a few minutes journey, you may feel like a stronger heartbeat, but also, it can be easily forgotten while staring at tons of views looking out over the city of Vancouver, Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands and more.
The main hiking trail starts from Grouse Mountain and runs north to Dam Mountain. It's commonly known as the Snowshoe Grind being the most frequently chosen during the winter season. The trail continues then to Crown Mountain (with its tops forming the shape of a Camel) and Goat Mountain. When planning each trail available in Grouse Mountain, check current warnings — some paths can be closed due to the conditions on the trail.
Grouse Mountain in the winter and summer season
There are two hills on Grouse Mountain. On the lower hill, there is located a year-round ski center called Grouse Mountain Resort. A dozen or so minutes of trekking later, you find yourself at the top of the mountain with your head almost in the clouds (when the weather allows it) and between the crowns of the trees covered with snow even in May.
Peak Chairlift operates during the summer season transporting passengers from the first hill to the top of Grouse Mountain without a hurry. The Grouse Mountain Resort ski area offers a few other chairlifts available in the winter season. It lasts here from December to May, and the ski, snowshoe, and snowboard routes are available for both day and night activities being one of the most popular winter destinations for locals.
What are your favorite hiking trails open all year round?
The article was created thanks to the hospitality of Grouse Mountain Resorts.